Marvel’s Thunderbolts Halts Production During Writers’ Strike

Production of the next Marvel movie ray movie has been halted as the writers’ strike continues, Deadline reports. Filming was originally supposed to start in Atlanta in three weeks, but it will now be delayed until the strike ends.

Based on the comic book line of the same name, Thunderbolts sees several iconic Marvel anti-heroes team up, essentially Marvel’s answer to DC’s Suicide Squad. Actors reprising previous MCU roles for the Thunderbolts include Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, Sebastian Stan as Winter Soldier, David Harbor as Red Guardian, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, Wyatt Russell as US Agent, Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost and Olga Kurylenko as Taskmaster, while Steven Yeun and Ayo Edebiri will join the cast in currently undisclosed roles.

Thunderbolts is part of Phase Five of the MCU along with Blade, which also recently had its delayed shooting schedule due to the strike. Thunderbolts is currently slated for a July 26, 2024 release, while Blade follows it on schedule with a September 6, 2024 release date. Marvel also had to put the Wonder Man TV series on hold, as the strike discontinued production based in Los Angeles.

Other productions affected by the strike include Stranger Things season fivewhile the rings of power and dragon house both have opted to continue filming their second season without writers on set.

The Writers Guild of America began the strike on May 2, calling for better broadcast residuals, minimum staffing requirements for TV, and regulation on the use of AI writing tools.

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